Vectura Prevails In US Litigation Over GSK’s Ellipta
Vectura has won an award of almost $90m after convincing a Delaware jury that GSK’s Ellipta respiratory range infringed one of its US patents. The firm currently has a development deal with Hikma for generic versions.
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